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SHOESTRING LIVING: Check out our new weekly frugal column, Shoestring Living, part of our growing Stretched portfolio. This week: Groceries on a budget. For more info about Shoestring Living, check out ghnewsroom.
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Live blogging: Follow APME Newstrain's training session in Oklahoma.

Good idea: Readers at festival 'make' the front page.

WebCube Moments of the Week.

APME St. Louis: A few free registrations still available.


MORNING MINUTES: We've expanded what we're offering in Morning Minutes to provide your paper with more options and to give your readers a couple more interesting tidbits. It now includes Word of the Day, Web Site of the Day, Number to Know, This Day in History, Today’s Featured Birthday and Daily Quote.

LOOKING UP: Autumn’s stars are in view - The autumnal equinox was this past week, when at long last, we start having more night than daytime. Weekly astronomy column by Peter Becker.

CACTUSES: Cactuses great fit for gardeners who need plants to be independent - EUREKA – The Latin plural of cactus is cacti, which makes Shirley Selvey of Eureka an inveterate collector of cacti. Or, if either of the English versions is preferred, she's an inveterate collector of cactus or cactuses. Whatever the plural, Selvey estimates she has about 75 of them, all potted and arranged on the porch, near the entrance of the garage, and on the backyard patio. By Pam Adams of the Peoria Journal Star.

COMPUTERS & MEDICINE: Computer imagery brings medical procedures into focus - When Dr. Maureen Lillich started doing endoscopy procedures nearly 20 years ago, physicians peered into a scope and sometimes felt fluid from a biopsy splash on their faces. In July, Lillich and her partners at the Illinois Gastroenterology Institute began performing procedures in one of the most advanced, computerized endoscopy facilities in the region. By Clare Howard of the Peoria Journal Star.

BARBARA MURPHY: The wrong amount, right on time -- Either it¹s true when they say God takes care of dumb animals, or else he has blessed me with my own personal guardian angel. Perhaps it¹s a little of both. I know one thing for sure; whoever got the job of being my guardian angel is not floating around heaven on a cloud enjoying eternity. He (or she) is busy 24/7, because I happen to be a full-time job.

ASK DOG LADY: Are show dogs happy? -- Dog Lady offers advice on dog shows, and why men don¹t like playing second fiddle to a pooch.

KITCHEN CALL: Asian cuisine for beginners -- This week I got a call from a group of actors who wanted cooking lessons. They very specifically requested Asian recipes, as they enjoy eating in the many Thai, Cambodia, Vietnamese and Indian restaurants near where they live and work.

GREENSPACE: Take steps now to prevent 2010 tomato blight -- Although there are steps to preventing it next season, blight thrives on a situation we cannot control ‹ the weather. Cool nights and warm days with average precipitation do the deed, exactly what we¹ve had this summer.


5 THINGS TO DO THIS WEEKEND: This week’s suggestions: Check out “Fame,” “Surrogates” or one of the other movies opening this week; celebrate National Hunting and Fishing Day (or Fish Amnesty Day); celebrate apples and Johnny Appleseed; read; and catch some Seth MacFarlane cartoons.
- LOCALIZE IT: List local places to hunt and fish under the "Gone fishin'" item, list apple-picking places (if any) under "Gone apple pickin'" and add your paper's contact information under the books item.

SUDOKU: Puzzles for October (463-490) are available for download. Previous puzzles are linked to in this file, or visit our Puzzles category.

AT THE MOVIES WITH GATEHOUSE: Reviews, profiles and more.

SNEAK PREVIEW: 'Fame,' 'Surrogates' and other new movies

PROFILE: Director Jane Campion’s star is again shining brightly

MOVIE REVIEW: Killer performances carry Five Minutes

MOVIE REVIEW: 'Fame' remake a mere shadow of the original

MOVIE REVIEW: 'Paris' features a swirl of lives in the city of light

MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Amreeka’ a fresh look at the immigrant experience

KISS AND TELL: Interview with drummer Eric Singer -- The son of a popular Cleveland bandleader, Kiss drummer Eric Singer grew up in the ¹70s listening to WMMS and jamming on drums with his neighborhood rocker pals. He found his career path early.

BRIEN MURPHY: ‘Glee’ takes former choir kid back in time - Mostly, “Glee” rings true in its take on show choir. But a few things aren't quite like they were for this former high school singer.

FIGHTING WORDS: College administrator provides character voice of martial arts master -- Bern Sundstedt, 53, the mild-mannered, bespectacled director of alumni and development at Rockford College in Rockford, Ill., had a choice to make about Master Gouken, the character he was about to portray in a voice-over role.


WIT’S END: New humor cartoon: Zombie assistant not such a good idea.

GRANLUND CARTOON: Iran's nuclear program.

BRITT CARTOON: On Gadhafi and Ahmadinejad going sightseeing in NYC

CHARITA GOSHAY: The truth about racism resides in your heart.

WOOD ON WORDS: Catching up with ‘clout’ - The use of “clout” as an informal term for “power or influence, especially political influence,” is an Americanism of fairly recent vintage — circa the 1950s, according to “American Slang.” Originally, “clout” was “a piece of cloth or leather for patching” or “any piece of cloth, especially one for cleaning” — in other words, a “rag.”

KENT BUSH: Logic without morality is a two-edged sword -- All the naysayers can finally stop saying nay. Sarah Palin was right. The death panels are real. Of course, we're not talking about people. We're talking about giant pandas.

EDITORIAL: A disappointing Senate appointment - With all due respect to Gov. Deval Patrick's choice to fill the seat left vacant by Sen. Edward M. Kennedy's death, consider us underwhelmed. By MetroWest.

EDITORIAL: Cleaning up the mess at ACORN - The hidden video trick pulled off by conservative activists have made ACORN a YouTube sensation, but the loose standards of a few low-level forms processors aren't the worst of it. There are unholy scents rising from all corners of the national nonprofit organization. Which of those smells come from within the organization and which, if any, have been planted by those with a competing political agenda remains to be seen. But the need to ventilate the ACORN offices is clear.

PHILIP MADDOCKS: Senators pretty sure amended health care bill will cover senator’s cat.


THIS WEEK IN WEIRD: Man allegedly steals newspapers to cover up story about him, criminals mad when they can’t get crack, man tries to trick witness into missing court date and more in this week’s edition.

TERRORIST PLOT FOLO: Was this entrapment? FBI arrested a man Thursday, accusing him of trying to bomb the federal courthouse in Springfield, Ill. Seeking experts to speak to whether people like Finton are actual threats, or whether they’re misdirected or mentally ill people who are easily duped by the feds. Rushton / Springfield, Ill.

POT: ‘No hiding that smell’: Police find 75 pot plants in Massachusetts house - A Cohasset man running a sophisticated marijuana grow house from a Scituate home had $15,000 worth of equipment, but police say he couldn’t mask the smell. When police arrived Tuesday to investigate a tip, the odor of marijuana hit them before they reached the door. By Kaitlin Keane. / LEDGER, Quincy, Mass.

GATES: Cambridge police review board votes to launch own investigation into Gates arrest - Members of the city’s Police Review and Advisory Board on Thursday night voted to launch their own investigation of three complaints that were filed in response to the controversial arrest of Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. But without the official leadership of the civilian group — having been without an executive director for more than nine months — board members say their work could reach a roadblock. By Jillian Fennimore.
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Business / Ag

DAVE RAMSEY: Weekly financial Q&A, with items on widow's finances and automobile pricing.

MAKING CENTS: Ensure you have enough coverage -- The most common group benefits offered by employers are health insurance, life insurance and disability insurance. In most cases, the group health insurance is adequate for a family's health care needs. But questions arise when we look into group life insurance and group disability insurance. By John P. Napolitano / The Patriot Ledger

CHECKOUT LANE: Tips for getting a facial -- Susan Perry, owner of Susan Perry Skin Care/Day Spa in Plymouth, Mass., says warding off wrinkles can help you gain competitive advantage at work. “Age discrimination is out there. You want to look fresh and young in the workplace.” By Brent Lang / The Patriot Ledger

FINE PRINT: Renters fleeced by phony landlords -- The Better Business Bureau has noticed a surge in bogus rental listings on online classified ad sites such as Craigslist that are intended to scam people out of their deposits. The Patriot Ledger

BIZ BITS: Weekly business rail, with items on breast-cancer awareness at work, BBB advice on “friendly” fraud and more.

ORGANIC CRANBERRIES: Carver farmer switches to organic cranberry crop - Carver farmer Dom Fernandes has been growing cranberries by traditional methods for many years. But he recently decided to change it up a bit and delve into the niche market of organic fruits. By Bobbi Sistrunk.
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PRO FOOTBALL PAGES: Check out this week’s pages. Versions available: national, New York, Patriots, Bears, Chiefs and Rams.

NASCAR PAGE: Lessons from Loudon

INSIDE THE LINES: ’85 Bears still big factor in today’s NFL - If you'll allow me the rounding off, we're at a quarter century since we could watch the 1985 Bears defense. I'll pause for a minute and let you go get a Kleenex. Arguably the most indelible unit of our lifetimes in any sport, this group lives on in today's NFL. Particularly, today's NFL. By Bill Liesse of the Peoria Journal Star. For use Sunday.